After just two seasons, Jon Stewart's widely anticipated return to television is coming to an end, according to a report from The New York Times. The Apple TV+ show, titled "The Problem with Jon Stewart," faced challenges due to disagreements over certain topics and guests. More specifically, discussions related to China and artificial intelligence raised concerns among Apple executives. Multiple sources familiar with the decision revealed this information to The New York Times.
Attempts to obtain comments from Apple and Stewart's representatives have not yet received a response.
Throughout his career, Stewart gained recognition for his comedic and sometimes controversial commentary on current events. Hosting Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" from 1999 to 2015, he fearlessly ridiculed everything from presidential politics to deep-dish pizza in Chicago.
However, Stewart struggled to replicate his earlier success with his Apple TV+ streaming show, which may have contributed to its cancellation. Ratings for the program dwindled significantly from its first week, with only 40,000 homes tuning in by the fifth episode, according to a report on The Wrap website.
Despite the decline in viewership, the show was renewed for a second season. Plans were even in place for a third season before this recent development.
The concern for Apple likely stems from the fear that Stewart's controversial perspectives could lead to negative consequences for the company. Recent examples, such as Anheuser-Busch's decision to feature trans activist Dylan Mulvaney in a Bud Light commercial, resulted in calls for boycotts.
Despite its cancellation, "The Problem with Jon Stewart" received positive reception and garnered five Emmy award nominations thus far. This includes three nominations for the upcoming 2024 Emmys, scheduled for January 15th.